For Better Or For Worse – IDW To Publish Nine Volume Library Edition Starting This Autumn

by Staff


The 29 year cartoon saga created by Canadian cartoonist, Lynn Johnston, For Better or For Worse, is going to be produced as a series of nine volumes in library edition by IDW and the Library of American Comics.

The Patterson family are coming to “definitive hardcover editions” that will collect the entire series in nine  with three books per decade of the strip’s production. Lynn Johnston is on board helping create these collections and they will be edited by Dean Mullaney, Kurtis Findlay, and Lorraine Turner.

Co-editor Lorraine Turner explains her appreciation for the comic strip:

The strip reflects the experience that we readers shared. Life is like a tide that ebbs and flows—raising children, caring for aging parents, and accepting the aches and pains of getting older. Lynn Johnston allowed us to witness—and sometimes laugh at—a part of ourselves through the eyes of her characters.

Book One will arrive in October 2017, and collects all the daily and color Sunday strips from the strip’s debut in September 1979 through the end of 1982. This volume will feature a new cover panel by Lynn Johnston, and some context notes and comments. The strips in the volumes are being presented in chronological order so that readers can follow the unfolding lives of the Patterson family.

Lynn Johnston’s distinguished career includes being the first woman to receive the Reuben Award for Cartoonist of the Year from the National Cartoonists Society and receiving the Order of Canada.

For Better or For Worse: The Complete Library, Volume 1: 1979-1982 is a landscape, hardcover volume with 544 pages, retailing at $39.99 and will arrive in October 2017.

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